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With jamboree behind them, Gators look toward regular season

Shreve football team - Photo by AntZavier Brown

By AntZavier Brown – August 30, 2017

After outscoring C.E. Byrd 12-7 in the jamboree Friday night, the varsity football team has high spirits before heading into the first regular season match-up against the Green Oaks Giants this Friday at 7 p.m. at Lee Hedges Stadium.

“We have a good offense that is balanced and has lots of experience,” senior quarterback Lucas Grubb said.

Grubb said he hopes the offense proves how good they are this season and is aiming for at least an 8-2 record. He is currently ranked second in school history for total yards career, and he said he has set a personal goal to break the record this year.

Coach Deldrick Douglas, head of the freshman and varsity special teams, said the team is excited for the new season and hopes to reach their goal so it can be a successful season.

“The team set a goal this season to win eight games,” Douglas said, “and the kids as well as the coaches embraced it so they can get a home playoff game.” He said it is important for the team not to single out any particular game, but instead to go week by week and play everyone like champs.

Douglas said the team this season has no weaknesses offensively as long as they stay injury-free and that the defensive line is strong as well.

Senior running back James Ivory, III said he hopes to rush over 2,000 yards this season and that he is ready for any match-up, especially Evangel. He said the key is working together.

“No team, no ring,” Ivory said.

Presale tickets for Friday night’s match-up against Green Oaks will be sold this Thursday and Friday during both lunch shifts for $7.